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    Re: Ancient Giants On Earth?

    Why shall it be kept a secret that human giants have existed?

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    Re: Ancient Giants On Earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lumberjack View Post
    Why shall it be kept a secret that human giants have existed?

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    Re: Ancient Giants On Earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by beerftw View Post
    Ancient giants are not the most far fetched theory, many people today can tower over the average populations, so it is not implausible when average heights were smaller that someone could reach 8,10, 12, or even 15 feet tall. Granted if anyone then reached 15 feet it would be a genetic mutation or a disease involving human growth hormones but it is far from impossile, and truthfully if someone had a freak disease that made them 15 foot tall, I would have made them my greatest warrior just for the fear factor, even if they were so impaired by their height they could not walk anymore.

    The crow magnums the ancestors of vikings were on average far taller than humans of their day, it is not a stretch that pre interbreeding a race of humans averaged much taller than even them, and had some freaks that overshadowed their already giant population. It is not hard to see how in those days a freak being even 9 foot tall could be called a giant, even if he was one in a billion even in those days.
    Tallest person on verified record was just shy of 9 feet. Heart failure is guaranteed well before 15 feet (among a ton of other problems). There are quite a few reasons why species have distinct ranges in size rather than growing to whatever size a mutation might potentially push them; ability to dissipate heat, bone structure/strength/etc.

    And the reasons why evolution happens at a rather slow pace are also the reasons we'll never see a genetically normal human pair produce offspring in which the perfect set of just the right (millions and millions) of mutations are all present such that this new human-like species could manage to operate at a vastly greater size, like 15 feet. The probability approaches zero.

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    Re: Ancient Giants On Earth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Person View Post
    Tallest person on verified record was just shy of 9 feet. Heart failure is guaranteed well before 15 feet (among a ton of other problems). There are quite a few reasons why species have distinct ranges in size rather than growing to whatever size a mutation might potentially push them; ability to dissipate heat, bone structure/strength/etc.

    And the reasons why evolution happens at a rather slow pace are also the reasons we'll never see a genetically normal human pair produce offspring in which the perfect set of just the right (millions and millions) of mutations are all present such that this new human-like species could manage to operate at a vastly greater size, like 15 feet. The probability approaches zero.
    I would argue the probability is far from zero, however I would agree health problems are rampant among the super tall, many unable to walk, some can walk with troubles, the tallest man on record observed died from an infection at a young age, and he needed braces to walk, the record holder prior to him could not walk at all after a certain point. I would imagine spinal problems leg problems heart problems etc would put people who could ever reach such heights in the grave by their early 20's, heck wadlow did not even die from back or heart problems, he died from a blister caused by an ankle brace he needed to walk, which lead to a septic infection.
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    Re: Ancient Giants On Earth?

    I also wonder if some of these legends could have been fueled by people finding the fossils of large, extinct hominids like Gigantopithecus, which stood around 10 ft tall.
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